Public Art Category


From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.

March 27, 2014

The Vision Behind the Land Art Generator Initiative 1

A video interview with Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry

New York, New York – The Land Art Generator Initiative has formulated an approach to design thinking that intrigued us since the moment we first found out about them. We wanted to know more about their vision and mission, so we asked them for an in-person interview. This video will take you behind the scenes … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review

February 10, 2014

A Waterfront Watershed

A new waterfront raises awareness of public art in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay, Ontario, made its name as a manufacturing and lumbering city, and as the westernmost Canadian port on the Great Lakes. Proud of its ethnic heritage (in which Finns, Italians, Natives, and Métis—descendants of Native-white unions—are prominent), it’s faced the sort of economic decline afflicting blue-collar, heavily industrial communities throughout North America, and like … Read More

January 25, 2014

Building Healthy Cities

Artists help urban planners shape—and heal—cities

During the spring and summer of 2010, artist Adam Kuby began “treating” the city of Portland with 35-foot-high acupuncture needles. He placed each needle to draw attention to a particular neighborhood or environmental feature: Some sites posed challenges to the city and were in need of healing; others were assets, if neglected ones. “I wanted … Read More

Joseph Hart | Featured, Magazine Feature

January 25, 2014

Triggering Change

An experimental public art project in Maine leads to a call-to-action

In 1990, I bought a former coastal town dump on Vinalhaven Island, a fishing village in the Gulf of Maine 13 miles out to sea. I built a modest residence on the land and began the work of ecosystem restoration. When I first arrived, the location was remote in winter, cut off from the mainland … Read More

Aviva Rahmani | Public Art Review, Shop Talk

January 25, 2014

Public Art as a Spiritual Path

Four artists talk about how their beliefs inform their practice

Exploring the meeting of art and spirituality with Agnes Denes, Tyree Guyton, Ned Kahn, and Lily Yeh yielded conversations as distinct as these artists’ works, yet each dialogue reflected the same truth. Despite marked differences, they share precisely those characteristics—creative force, hunger for awakening, deep sense of purpose, and reluctance to settle for the superficial … Read More

November 26, 2013

Making Sanctuary

Artist Topher Delaney, whose medium is the land, talks about healing gardens and public art

Topher Delaney grew up around artists. Her brother’s godfather was Marcel Duchamp. Isamu Noguchi’s studio was a block from her house. Over nightly dinners she listened to artists like Mark Rothko and Robert Rauschenberg discuss—and complain about—the art system. She realized early that she would do something different. “I didn’t want to go into the … Read More

Interview by Karen Olson | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

October 28, 2013

Art on the Farm

The Wormfarm Institute puts the culture back in agriculture

If you were in rural Sauk County, Wisconsin, in October, 2011, and thought you saw the word truth inscribed on a hillside overlooking the Carr Valley Cheese shop near La Valle, it was no illusion. It was a work of art by Cathi Schwalbe-Bouzide, of Chicago, who’s created similar mown glyphs in Illinois. In describing … Read More

September 30, 2013

Call for Suggestions: International Award for Public Art

Global – Forecast Public Art and the Institute for Public Art have opened a Call for Suggestions for the second International Award for Public Art. The award honors excellence in the field while also seeking to increase visibility for public art internationally and to foster knowledge through research, discussion, and debate. Please send suggestions by … Read More

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August 21, 2013

Yoko Ono: Wish Tree

June 29-Sept. 2, 2013, Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis, Mo. – A special tree is blooming at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Check out the latest iteration the participatory art installation “Yoko Ono: Wish Tree” before it closes on Labor Day. Click here for more information.

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August 20, 2013

2013 International Land Art Biennale

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa (2013) – An award-winning initiative that supports the creative work of site-specific artists, Land Art Biennale welcomed several high-profile artists to Plettenberg Bay for the second International Land Art Biennale, held August 10-17, 2013. The list of creators includes a diverse number of South African and local artists, as well as International … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects